Are You Serious?

Roll out the barrels, hang your washing up on the Siegfried Line and hire big marching band – The Telegraph has discovered that It’s now time to take Doctor Who seriously!

According to the Telegraph, Doctor Who is one of the best pieces of television in recent years. Thanks to the scriptwriters and Russell T Davies the show has a deep underlying melancholy whic resonates with the viewing public.

Mr Davies has taken a rickety old 1970s science-fiction series, and – by applying a little psychological seriousness to the premise; by asking what it would mean to be able to travel through time, and to live more or less for ever – turned it into an extraordinary study of loss. Its deep theme is loneliness. Loneliness goes through the series like the lettering through a stick of rock.

Starting with the news of a marriage in Doctor Who Series 3, this article provides one of a growing number of articles in the mainstream press that treat Doctor Who with a level of respect that the series would never have enjoyed prior to 2005. It is required reading for all visitors to this website, frankly, with comparisons to Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveller’s Wife regarding the Doctor’s status as a “lonely angel”…

Time travel, in Niffenegger’s novel as in Doctor Who, works not only as a device to shape the plot and structure, but as a metaphor for what in relationships is unknowable and inaccessible, and as a foreshadowing of their end. The Doctor is a two-hearted, multi-incarnational, space-roaming Time Lord from the Planet Gallifrey – but he’s also us.

Are you addicted to Doctor Who? I daresay that if you’re reading this, you very likely are, but if you’re not sure, take a look at this article on Digital Spy – I’m very much a number 1:

1) 27 and 57 minutes past the hour suddenly take on a new significance. For those are the times when the end credits on programmes tend to roll, which means there’s a chance of catching the latest Doctor Who trailer between programmes. You already have the thing saved in high quality avi, mpeg and wmv on your computer of course, but the magic of seeing it on an actual television makes it somehow appear more real.

Finally, Martha continues to dance around in front of me in her red leather gear (imitation leather, I presume) and decent set of quotes from the foxy actress has appeared in following the midweek press launch.

‘Billie did an amazing job, and Rose is a phenomenal character,’ said Agyeman at the London launch for the new series. ‘She was taken to the nation’s hearts, and rightfully so.

‘So I think it’s great what Russell T Davies has done. It’s right that we don’t start the new series going, ‘Out with the old and in with the new, let’s never mention Rose’s name again!’ I think it’s lovely that she’s mentioned throughout the whole series, and we can see that the Doctor was affected by their relationship. The audience will be too – they’re not going to forget her overnight.

‘But I didn’t want to spend the whole time worrying about that. I wanted to be able to look back and say I had a really good time making this series, and I can say that now. It’s made me feel really welcome from the get-go.’

Possibly the best Freema Agyeman-centred piece of the week, well worth a read.


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